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Michael Mondezie - Feb, 1, 2020
licks: Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.
Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Calypsonian Spicey (Tammico Moore) took Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly to task over late Carifesta XIV artiste payments at the opening of Kaiso House calypso tent on Friday at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.
Spicey compared Gadsby-Dolly, who sat in the front row at stage front, to a “smiling Cheshire cat” during a drop-jaw performance of her Carnival 2020 National Calypso Monarch contender “My Honesty”.
The Marabella-born performer said the lack of communication between the ministry and artistes over the tardy payments brought out the “Ah-Soul in me”.
She noted that she was paid by the ministry in late December 2019, four months after her performance at Carifesta.
Just maybe I was AH-SOUL
Tuh work for Carifesta
I was proud to represent, time fuh payment
I get that late December
And not a call or an update from the Ministry
But Dolly smiling like ah Cheshire cat on my TV
But when ah hear de price of the cake
Right then is where mih honesty just awake.
Three months pass, I eh see no pay
Ah take mih honesty and I went down dey
Because in all honesty...Months, mih cheque eh ready
But Dolly dress up out dey, in she monthly salary
In all honesty...Ah know she can’t take picong
She shoulda pay mih early na yuh doh end up in mih song
In all honesty...Show some respect
It simple, I perform, just bless mih with mih cheque
Is when ah gih dem mih honesty
That’s when dey does see AH-SOUL in me
....The regional showcase was staged, for the fourth time, at venues across Trinidad and Tobago from August 16 to 25 in 2019.
The Ministry of Culture previously faced criticism over the purchase of a 32x40-inch $4,000 cake which it bought from Kiss Baking Company to celebrate the success of Carifesta.
A week ago, Trinidad Rio (Daniel Brown) attempted to voice his concern over the Culture Ministry’s handling of Carifesta payments directly to the minister in front of a packed audience at the opening of the Back2Basics calypso tent at Roslyn Hall, Auzonville Road, Tunapuna.
Rio has since been paid by the ministry.
Gadsby-Dolly subsequently told the Express she found Rio’s brief “intervention to be in poor taste”.
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